THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE BIZARRE
THE GOOD: A new garden policy in Richmond Hill will support local green thumbs who may not have a lawn or yard big enough to feed the family. Along with providing a new community allotment garden to join the existing three community gardens, the town will also provide ongoing support for the gardens, including site selection, soil testing, water access, tilling, watering and more. Currently, there are 61 gardeners with plots in the community gardens, tended by volunteers, with 60 more residents on the waiting list.
THE BAD: Residents in Vaughan came home to an unpleasant surprise. After a bout of dragracing, an allegedly drunk stunt driver plowed his sports car into their house and parked car and fled the scene by foot. The suspect was found nearby with drugs in his possession and taken to police headquarters. He was charged with impaired driving, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, fail to remain, and public mischief, a fairly understated manner of saying that he drove a sports car into a house.
THE BIZARRE: A Markham resident took a creative route to appeal to city council to replace a tree after the last one was destroyed and removed following the December 2013 ice storm. He staged a tree lighting, using an artificial tree and invited Mayor Frank Scarpitti, adding, “Since you don’t return calls or reply to emails and you love photo-ops, be here Tuesday, 8 p.m. Tree lighting. Celebrate a Tree.” Although the mayor couldn’t be in attendance, he got the message loud and clear: A new baby ginkgo was planted the following week.